The âdomaineâ saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille Giraudâs zeal and two families coming together. The story begins in 1974 when Pierre and Mireille as their parents did before them took on 4 hectares (10 acres) of vines. Little by little the Domaine has grown through years exclusively on the appellation. In 1998 Pierre was ready to pass on his love of the vine and wine to his children. Marie and FranÃ§ois took on the estate hand-in-hand. Under their parentsâ watchful eye they devoted themselves to tending vines and winemaking. They focused their efforts on selecting parcel by parcel doing minimal treatments upgrading their cellar to make finer and finer wines while respecting family traditions."
rom centenarian Grenache vines grown on sandy soils in La Crau and Pignan the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Grenaches de Pierre is a perfumed beauty redolent with hints of fennel roses orange zest and ripe cherries. Matured solely in concrete there's no oak influence just a purity of fruit expression borne on a full-bodied but nearly weightless palate. Silky and long on the finish this tour de force should still be drinking well in a decade.
Limpid ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes mineral-accented red fruit preserve and floral aromas complicated by Moroccan spice and incense flourishes. Juicy and expansive on the palate displaying impressive energy to the spice-laced raspberry preserve kirsch and fruitcake flavors. Rich yet energetic in character with supple tannins building slowly through a very long floral-driven finish. -- Josh Raynoldsjd
The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Grenaches de Pierre comes from a sandy part of the La Crau lieu-dit (near Charbonnière) and the Pignan lieu-dit located in the center of the appellation. It has slightly more mid-palate oomph and structure than the sexy Galimardes and has a terrific bouquet of black cherries ground pepper and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied concentrated and perfectly balanced it's another wine that exudes class. Drink it over the coming 10-12 years.jd